High School Sports

Wakefield softball blows by Enloe in Cap-8 meeting

Wakefield picked up its second Cap-8 Conference victory with a 16-8 win over Enloe Tuesday.

The Wolverines (4-2-1, 2-0 Cap-8) got ample production from their senior leadoff Erin Fox (3-for-4) and their No. 2 batter Amanda Dacunto, who went 4-for-4 to lead the game at the plate. They both managed singles in their first respective at-bats.

“That’s the reason they’re one and two,” Wakefield coach Danny Inscore said. “They are our spark plugs and we are proud of them. Nothing against Enloe, but we see a variety of pitchers, so it’s difficult for these girls to go from one pitcher to the next. They did really well.”

Wakefield produced two four-run innings on the road and its defense held off Enloe (3-4, 0-2) until the fifth.

With a quick 6-0 lead in hand through the first three innings, the Wolverines erupted for five hits in the fourth, hitting one of their three RBI doubles. In that frame, the first batter was thrown out putting leadoff Fox back on the plate. She laid down the first of two Wakefield bunts, advanced into scoring position on a Bella Buccellato bunt and rounded home on a Dacunto single.

Wakefield junior starter Sara Harmon squeezed a two-run double down the left-field line, giving Wakefield a 10-0 lead entering the top of the fifth.

Enloe loaded the bases on two walks and a single after a pitching change. Enloe sophomore Amber Dobbin scored the Eagles’ first run of the day after junior starter Niya Boone was walked. The Eagles scored three runs as part of their first rally, working up another spurt in the home half of the seventh.

Enloe scored five runs on four hits, doing most of its damage with one out, in the final inning. Boone, sophomore My-lin Kennedy and sophomore Joi Hall each had hits that frame. Kennedy belted an RBI double, Enloe’s second extra-base hit of the game, to score senior Sky Ryals.

“It’s much more pleasant to end playing well,” Enloe coach Harry Fields said. “If you start off a little slow and build to it when the game’s over, then you can carry that feeling into practice the next day.”  

Turning point

Wakefield strung together four consecutive hits in the top of the seventh to respond to any lingering Enloe threat. The Wolverines even got a runner on base after two quick outs when senior Alyssa Lasurdo belted a line drive up the middle. They had kept the momentum throughout the game.

Three to know

Amanda Dacunto, Wakefield: The senior Salem College commit was perfect from the plate and made big plays at short. She assisted on three outs and jumped into a line drive in the third for the final out. And her slide home under the tag drew compliments from the Enloe dugout. Dacunto also scored a game-best four runs.

Erin Fox, Wakefield: The Wolverines leadoff went 3-for-4 and scored three runs. She was part of a solid infield and was in the middle of Wakefield’s double play in the sixth.

Niya Boone, Enloe: She was a clear leader for the young Eagles. She pitched a complete game and amassed 92 pitches. Boone came away with three strikeouts and went 2-of-3 from the No. 3 slot. She induced a fly ball in the top of the sixth to avoid a mercy-rule shortened game.

Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan